A Billings woman has been given a six-month deferred sentence and ordered to pay $771 in restitution after pleading guilty to trying to neuter a dog with a string and a rubber band.
Jessica Gorman, 28, pleaded guilty in Billings Municipal Court on June 30. She also is prohibited from acquiring any new pets.
The case against Gorman began April 17, when a woman brought a badly injured 2-year-old pit bull mix to a veterinarian. The dog underwent two operations to repair the damage.
An investigation by a Billings Animal Control officer led to the charge against Gorman.
Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter director Chris Anderson says the dog, named Rocky by shelter staff, has been adopted by a woman who lives in another state.